Under the slogan "Bodies without Violence" the militants of the Venezuelan feminist movement gathered yesterday in the vicinity of Plaza Caracas to demand an end to patriarchal violence against women and the right to decide on their reproductive health.
The day was held within the framework of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and between chants and banners with the cry “not one less. We want each other alive ”, the women demanded that the authorities respond to the cases of femicides.
The protesters submitted a document to the Ministry of Health, located in the west of the Venezuelan capital, in which they requested the implementation of policies that guarantee women's rights.
The Utopix activist, Alejandra Laprea specified that the violence that women are subjected to is not only in the domestic sphere, but also in the workplace. "We are here for the Ministry of Labor to take action to stop the violence of women's labor rights, especially within the framework of the blockade," he said.
He also added that the Ministry of Ecosocialism must understand “that when territories are violated with extrativism, it is also the women's bodies that suffer, because it is women who are displaced.
In addition to raising their voices against femicides, on this occasion, feminists also called for the decriminalization of abortion and the eradication of obstetric violence.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women has been celebrated every November 25 since 1999, a date chosen by the UN in memory of the murder of the three Mirabal sisters in 1960, political activists from the Dominican Republic, by order of the Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo.
The Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez sent a message of support to Venezuelan women. "From Venezuela we raise the flags for a humanity where respect for women prevails in their right to a free and just life.